The president has flat out refused to release them, saying that releasing them is only gloating over the defeat of our enemies – spiking the football – as it were. We got’em, that’s all the matters. No need to get all crazy with blood lust; the terrorist attacks of 911 have been avenged, let’s all move on.
This of course raises the question among Christians: Should Jesus loving Christians be salivating to see the bullet ridden head of OBL? The more “pious” wish to heap shame and guilt upon those of us who do want to see them, implying that our attitude is unChristlike and not becoming of a follower of Jesus. I even read one comment in which the writer wrote that we shouldn’t be treating his body as a trophy.
I am reminded of a couple of instances in Scripture:
So Joshua burned Ai and made it a heap forever, a desolation to this day. And the king of Ai he hanged on a tree until evening. And as soon as the sun was down, Joshua commanded that they should take his corpse down from the tree, cast it at the entrance of the gate of the city, and raise over it a great heap of stones that remains to this day. (Joshua 8:28, 29)
Did Joshua inappropriately make a trophy of Ai’s king? Was such dishonoring to God?
And David took the head of the Philistine and brought it to Jerusalem, but he put his armor in his tent. (1 Samuel 17:54)
Was David keeping a “trophy” when he kept Goliath’s armor? And what about him taking his head back to Jerusalem? I can only imagine it was to make a public spectacle out of the known enemy of Israel.